One of the many IPA’s in @hopnationbeer IPA lineup, ‘The Chop’ is a self-described chopped up version of various American IPA’s. There’s certainly New England elements in the appearance and aroma, but the West Coast steps in and offers some pine and resinous bitterness.
Bottle. Pours hazy straw, with a well retained, dense white head and heavy lacing. Fresh aromas of tropical fruit (pineapple, passionfruit, guava, mango) and a lick of lemon and grapefruit. Tropical fruit at the front of the palate, with complexities of timber and earth, followed by pine, resin and a long, moderately bitter finish. Only a slight toffee malt in the background, but it is incredibly balanced (like all Hop Nation beers) at 7%, so there’s obviously plenty of malt packed in behind the hops.